After 14 years in prison, the time has come for Gogita to return to his normal life. His wishes seem modest enough: a home of his own and then marriage to a nice woman. But who would be interested in a poor farmer and ex-con who still lives with his mother? Then he meets Maka on the internet. She’s not that young anymore, and she’s not the prettiest girl in the world, but she can bake delicious cakes. They’re soon making grand plans without even having met. Gogita’s mother isn’t happy about it. “Why don’t you get yourself a pretty young girl? Maka is too fat!” she exclaims. Some of the brief, commentary-free scenes are purely observational.
Levan Koguashvili was born in Tbilisi in 1973. He studied film directing at the Russian State Institute of Film (VGIK). In 2007, he graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts’ Film Program (New York University). Levan has directed two award-winning fiction feature films, Street Days (2010) and Blind Dates (2013), which won 20 awards and was shown at over 80 festivals. Gogita’s New Life is Levan’s first feature-length documentary.
Selected: Street Days (2010), Blind Dates (2013)